The majority of World Bank education projects contain components related to the use of information and communication technologies in some way. Projects in many additional sectors, including the ICT sector, can contain 'education components' as well.
One quick way to identify World Bank projects that have components related to ICT use in education is to consult the World Bank Education Projects database maintained by EdStats, which identifies over 100 'project activities' based on a review of official Project Appraisal Documents (PADs). Please note that not all uses of ICTs in World Bank education projects can be identified through a review of PADs or using the education projects database, so you may wish to consult additional resources as well.
Using the World Bank Education Projects Database, you can Search by Activity. Project activities that relate to the use of ICTs in education may be be tagged to one or more of the following keywords:
- Data: EMIS
- Facilities: ICT equipment and computer labs
- Facilities: Laboratories and lab equipment
- Facilities: Resource centers and libraries
- ICT Strategy Development for Education Sector
- ICT use in education
- Learning Materials: E-learning materials
- STI: Internet Connectivity Systems
- Study subjects: Information and communication technologies (ICT)
In addition to its lending activities to countries, the World Bank increasingly is engaged in providing technical assistance and advisory services to countries to help them better plan, implement, monitor and evaluate their efforts to introduce and sustain technology use in education to aid a wide variety of development efforts. These advisory services draw on good practices from around the world and are informed by a variety of supporting research activities, including SABER-ICT.
The World Bank’s popular EduTech blog regularly profiles lessons and results from these and other projects around the world which have utilized information and communication technologies to support activities and goals in the education sector.